What do you sell?
MiniTrencher sells GeoRipper® a portable, commercial handheld powered trencher.
Where are you located?
MiniTrencher is located in the Pacific Northwest. We can ship direct to any US State. Canadian customers can get their MiniTrencher products through: Total Equipment Sales in Ontario, Canada.
Additional dealer information can be found on our website.
Are MiniTrenchers dangerous?
Like all power tools, handheld trencher could cause damage along with bodily harm if used negligently. We recommend using proper safety gear including face shields, ear protection, gloves, chin guards and hard cap toed boots when operating. Always keep body parts and clothing away from the digging chain when starting and operating your GeoRipper®. Always shut the engine off when working on your unit. GeoRipper® is much safer than other power equipment if it is doing its’ job – digging in the ground.
What about kickback?
Although GeoRipper® might look something like a chainsaw, it is actually quite different. It was designed to dig in ground, not cut down trees. The digging chain is about 1/3 the speed of a chainsaw cutting chain and the digging chain and bar are much heavier than a chain saw bar and chain. Speed reduction, along with the benefit of a heavier bar and chain greatly reduces the possibility and intensity of kickback. Also, if the GeoRipper® is being properly used and trenching in the ground, kickback is not an issue.
Can I trench through tree roots?
Yes! The self-sharpening digging teeth enable chipping/cutting through tree roots up to 3 inches in diameter depending on the type of wood. It is recommended that when digging through larger roots to let the trencher do the cutting. Adjusting the blade speed and pressure to give the largest size cut is recommended. (Note: GeoRipper® will cut through roots but not at the same speed that a chainsaw will cut through wood. It takes patience.) A new digging chain will need to be sharpened by trenching in soil until the leading edge of the cutting teeth become sharp. Using the trencher for cutting through roots may create adverse or premature chain wear.
Can it dig through rocks?
GeoRipper® will not dig through solid rock. It will dig in all soils that a conventional trencher will dig in. When any solid object in the ground is encountered while trenching – the experienced operator will feel a bounce and then rise over that and continue trenching. Small rocks (approximately 3-5″ diameter) can be removed by pulling up on the GeoRipper® to help removal of the rock from the soil. Larger rocks (approximately 5″ diameter and larger) can be cut around, over, or on each side, and then easily removed by pick, shovel or hand.
How deep does it trench?
The GR16 has a 16″ (400 mm) bar and can dig down to 14″ deep by 1” – 1.5″ wide depending on the chain size.
The GR20 has a 20″ (500 mm) bar and can dig down to 18″ deep by 1” – 1.5″ – 2.38” wide depending on the chain size.
The GR27 has a 27″ (800 mm) bar and can dig down to 25″ deep by 1” – 1.5″ wide depending on the chain size.
Can I buy parts to convert my existing chainsaw?
All MiniTrencher GeoRipper® models are dedicated trenchers. Each model is sold as a complete unit with power head built for professional trenching. The EZ Kart® is recommended and available for an additional purchase with the GR16 and GR20 units. The EZ Kart® comes standard with the GR27 models. This makes digging easier and controls the depth to an even standard.
How long does a digging chain last?
The MiniTrencher digging chain is a self-sharpening heavy duty 46 hardened steel chain. Unlike a chainsaw chain that needs to be sharpened with a file, the digging chain is sharpened by the abrasive nature of the soil that it is digging in. Some soils are more abrasive than others and can dictate lifespan of a digging chain. Other factors that control the life of a digging chain are operator technique, the depth of trenching and the speed of the digging chain. Experienced operators can effectively extend the life of the digging chain. In standard conditions digging chains may last anywhere from 1000 to 3000 ft.
Is it easy to operate?
Watching the videos, it appears MiniTrencher’s GeoRipper® is simple and easy to operate. However, there is a learning curve associated with being able to operate the GeoRipper® productively and with confidence. The most common operator errors are poor maintenance (keeping nuts and bolts tightened, drive chain lubricated, use of good fuel, proper air filters, and a good digging chain).
Do you offer any financing options for the MiniTrencher?
Yes, we can provide financing. We work with a finance company called Time Payment. You will apply with them, typically get a response within a few minutes then work out what time of plan you want ex) 12mths ; 24mths etc.
To apply simply contact below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org:
(866) 994-7280 ph